Post by krw Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Yes, I've been wondering about that since he threw in his job. Eddie
and Clarrie don't have much spare cash - they struggle to raise the
rent, and I don't just mean in a sympathy-seeking way.
Eddie and Clarrie must be drawing pensions by now and presumably be
entitled to other benefits if appropriate - although the need for the
right number of bedrooms becomes relevant at some point?
While Eddie will be drawing his pension, Clarrie won't get hers for
another week. It seems likely though that all four of them would be
able to claim something on UC, although no doubt Will would be
sanctioned for having walked out of a perfectly good job.
The bedroom tax wouldn't directly affect them, as they are renting
privately. Eddie and Clarrie might well be able to claim the housing
element of UC (the current version of Housing Benefit) and this would be
based on them renting one of the cheaper 4 bedroom houses in
Borsetshire. From everything Oliver has said, I'm sure he'd be very
happy to keep his rent down to this level.
 According to the Which pension age calculator
a woman born on 12th May 1954, as Clarrie was
will be able to claim her pension from 6th January 2020.
 OK, we know he had good reason and, if he'd been prepared to
acknowledge it, I'm sure the doctor would have been happy to sign him
off sick. BL would probably have been happy to get rid of him, as unfit
for work, if they had known how fragile his mental state was. If this
had been done, he (at least in theory) wouldn't have had any problems
with his benefits.
My apologies to krw for having, initially, sent this to him by email.
It seems that the latest update of TB has changed it back to wanting to
send replies by email, rather than to the group :( I'll have a fossick
around later to see if I can find a way to change it back again.
Best wishes, Serena
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